Cool Ethan

Cool Ethan

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Cool Ethan is a high energy, pop-punk band from Chapel Hill, NC. Showcased nationally by iTunes and Amazon Mp3, their music features driving guitars, catchy melodies, and plenty of vocal harmonies. CE maintains a full show schedule in support of their recent EP, "Songs For Your Self-Esteem."

Biography

Chapel Hill-based Cool Ethan formed in State College, Pennsylvania while swimming in a sea of cover bands and college bars. After refining their live show and building a following, the band headed south for the warmer climate and venues of North Carolina.

When chief songwriter and guitarist Sean Spollen was diagnosed with tinnitus and hearing loss in his left ear in late 2007, the young band’s future quickly became uncertain. As Spollen took a hiatus from playing live, the band’s original bass player also departed to focus on another project. Things suddenly seemed bleak, but Spollen, singer Bart Hipp, and drummer Jim Logrando, weren’t ready to give up yet.

After auditioning a range of local musicians and experimenting with a few short-lived line-ups, Cool Ethan added lead guitarist Tyler Drake, a fellow Pennsylvania transplant attending Duke University. The band continued to play local shows, with Hipp taking over the rhythm guitar duties, as they tightened up their live set and worked on new material. Using sound-muffling drum pads and acoustic guitars for low-volume practices, Spollen continued to be an integral part of the songwriting process from off the stage. The band worked hard, progressed, and solidified their rhythm section by bringing in bassist Jay Lowe, a long-time friend of the band who had recently graduated college and was ready to commit to the project.

In the summer of 2008, Cool Ethan entered the studio to record their debut EP, Songs For Your Self-Esteem. Tracked and mixed at Last Chance Studio in Durham, NC by Canon O’Briant, the EP showcases the band’s progressive pop-punk sound, fusing driving drums and guitars with catchy hooks and plenty of vocal harmonies. Mastered by Derron Nuhfer of Less Than Jake, the EP’s five songs glisten with thoughtful lyrics and melodies that listeners won’t easily forget. From the tasteful percussion loops of “Relapse” to the epic final track, “The Homecoming Game,” Cool Ethan pushes the boundaries of pop-punk, while maintaining the energy and attitude of the genre.
As Songs For Your Self-Esteem was being mixed and mastered, Spollen had enough of sitting on the sidelines. Equipped with custom hearing protection and a “you only live once” attitude, Spollen rejoined Cool Ethan on stage in October, bringing with him the extra energy and additional vocal harmonies needed to take the band’s live show to the next level.

Armed with an expansive fan base and a brand new EP, Cool Ethan is poised to make their mark on the world. Judging from the band’s touring plans and catalog of new songs in the works, you should expect to see big things from Cool Ethan in 2009.

Lyrics

Let's Get Down To Business

Written By: Cool Ethan

I'm running at the mouth again
I just can't seem to find the moment
Oh but now I see the light
Talking to your shadow
This is only an attempt at me

I'm holding onto this one thing
It could take a while to pull me back together
But i don't want to die
Without any lies
(I got away with)

Let's get down to business
I know you said
We'll never amount to much
Well I was bankin' on you're wrong
It took us too long

You could get away with murder
When you wear that dress so tight
Oh I noticed
You were waiting on another
But I've been holding your place
Soon I'm going
You're just a pretty face

I'm holding onto this one thing
It could take a while to pull me back together
But I don't want to die
Without any lies
(I got away with)

Let's get down to business
I know you said
We'll never amount to much
Well I was bankin' on you're wrong
It took us too long

Now you say this is only
This is only one more time for us to fail
Now you say this is only
This is only one more time for failure

I'm holding onto this one thing
It could take a while to pull me back together
But I don't want to die
Without any lies
(I got away with)

Let's get down to business
I know you said
We'll never amount to much
Well I was bankin' on you're wrong
It took us too long

Discography

Songs For Your Self-Esteem (EP) 2009
Small Town Records Compilation 2009
Live From Chair City 2009

"The Homecoming Game" from Songs For Your Self-Esteem has had approximately 10,000 ringtone downloads (Myxer.com) and 15,000+ online downloads. (wal-mart.com/music and amazon mp3 combined).

The album was nationally released in the digital format and had featured marketing on iTunes, Amazon Mp3, Rhapsody, Wal-Mart.com, Borders.com, and Shockhound.com. Songs from the EP have also been included in two very exclusive Rhapsody campaigns with Calvin Klein and US Cellular, beating out several hundred other submissions from major label artists for inclusion.

A physical format of "Songs" is available at shows and through direct sales.

Set List

Decisions, Decisions
All I Need
Songs For Your Self-Esteem
Hollywood
The Homecoming Game
Ocean
Let's Get Down To Business
Relapse

Typical 8 song set. Approximately 35-40 minutes